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Connecticut Farmland Trust Fall 2012 Newsletter

Photo courtesy of Patrick Lee

The Political Football We Need to Catch: The Farm Bill It is no secret that American food policy, embodied by the Farm Bill, is practically incoherent. The Farm Bill has been used to subsidize crop production (or not), support prices and distribution (or not), protect farmers from the vagaries of the market (or not). It has served as a vehicle for some of the most notorious porkbarrel policies of the last sixty years and has garnered attacks from left and right for myriad and seemingly endless reasons – few of which have anything to do with crafting a consistent, reasonable, and sustainable policy for ensuring the health and continued productivity of the agricultural sector and providing Americans with food for the future. Of all this vast expenditure, barely 6% of the Farm Bill goes to conservation. Even smaller is the percentage dedicated solely to helping purchase easements on agricultural soils. In spite of that, the Farm Bill is the single largest piece of conservation legislation. More than half of the easements CFT has acquired have

used some money from the Federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP) – it is our largest single source of leveraging for easement purchases. The Farm Bill is sweeping. The Farm Bill is comprehensive. The Farm Bill is expired. On October 1st, due to Congressional dithering, many of the Farm Bill’s programs were halted. Fortunately, FRPP has a special provision allowing it to run through 2014 with no additional action. So, for the near term, our work will be unaffected. Although conservation spending is a tiny fraction of the law, we have had to be tenacious in defending that small slice of the pie during closed-door negotiations over the summer and early fall. Thanks to the persistence of the Land Trust Alliance and American Farmland Trust, we have largely succeeded in protecting important farmland conservation programs from deep cuts. (continued on page 4)

Letter from the Executive Director Whew! What a year. 2012 has been CFT’s 10th Anniversary and we’re as busy as ever.

That show will be held from November 2 – January 19 at Hartford Fine Art and Framing, 80 Pitkin St., East Hartford.

We’re set to close out the year in celebration, with five farms on tap for protection. Elisabeth has been hard at work with these families and our partners for several years in some cases. That may seem like a long time, until you consider how long we intend to protect them.

As we head into the “lame duck” session of Congress, keep your eye on the progress of the Farm Bill. Calling your senators and congressmen is a good way to remind them that agriculture plays a huge role in the health of Connecticut’s economy and community.

Completion of those projects will run our total to 31 farms and over 2,600 acres. That is a tremendous testament to the support we’ve had from you – I hope you’re as proud of your work as I am of your support.

Whatever happens in Washington over the next few weeks, depend on Connecticut Farmland Trust to fight for a strong and permanent future for our farms and farmers. Thank you so much for working with us.

That support comes from all quarters – you can see the range of people and organizations at the back of this newsletter. I hope your name is among them.

Yours in the land,

Board of Directors Dawn C. Adiletta East Woodstock Robin Chesmer Graywall Farms, Lebanon Dr. Michael A. Fotos, III West Hartford Gordon F. Gibson CT State Grange John C. Haller, CPA East Granby Aimee Hoben, Esq. The Hartford John J. Kriz, III New Canaan Susan E. Lockwood Redding Richard Marone, Esq. Murtha Cullina James D. Miller Farm Credit East Nicholas Moore Sharon

This year, I’d like to specially thank the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. Once again they donated the lovely art used on invitations and prints for The Celebration of Connecticut Farms. CPAPS will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from their 2012 Annual Member Exhibition.

Sara O’Connell Bloomfield

Thank YOU, Farmer’s Market Volunteers

Joshua G. Welch Stonington

Tim Slate Kahn Tractor & Equipment, Inc. Peter J. Sposito Bankers’ Bank Northeast Dean Gregory Weidemann UCONN College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

We had a very successful first summer of our new outreach program- the 20 volunteers who attended markets around the state helped us find over 250 new friends of CFT! If you are interested in sharing your commitment to farmland preservation at your local market next year, contact Collette via email ( or at the office (860-247-0202 x223). 2

STAFF James K. Gooch Executive Director Elisabeth S. Moore Director of Conservation Fumiko Ishikawa Foos Director of Administration

Lara and son David Torres at the Collinsville Market.

Collette V. Roy Conservation Associate

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Happy Anniversary- CFT

celebrates its 10th Anniversary year with the expected preservation of five farms by year-end 2012, representing the diversity of Connecticut farmland we were created to protect. Two of the farms are located in Lebanon, the town with more protected farmland than any other. Five years ago, CFT selected Lebanon as a “focus area;” our partnership with their planning department has been very fruitful. Because these projects are still pending, we refrain from naming them.

The first farm, a 22-acre goat dairy, is a good example of the smaller farms that CFT focuses on protecting. Sale of a conservation easement on their farm has enabled the owners to purchase more land so they can grow their operation and market presence. The second farm is in the middle of a quilt of more than 3,000 acres of active farmland, 1,620 of which are permanently protected. The historic 158acre farm provides important hayfields for a local family dairy and is prominently located on the Lebanon Town Green, the only town green in the state that is still actively farmed. Located on Columbia-Lebanon town line, the third farm produces hay and corn for the owner’s dairy operation. Considered a town “gateway,” the 108.5-acre farm builds on 40 adjacent acres protected by the state’s Farmland Preservation Program. The fourth farm, located in Coventry, is leased to a local farmer for hay and corn production and pasture for his cattle. The 99.5-acre farm is part of a block of more than 290 acres of active farmland. The purchase of conservation easements on these four farms is possible with funding from our partners the CT Department of Agriculture’s Farmland Preservation Program and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Farm and Ranchland Protection Program as well as CFT’s Acquisition Fund. In addition, the Town of Lebanon is contributing to the preservation of the goat dairy and the Town of Coventry is assisting with funding conservation of the Coventry farm. The Town of Columbia is contributing to the easement purchase on the 108.5-acre farm. Wike Brothers Farm in Sharon is the fifth family farm that we expect to protect this year. CFT preserved 144 acres of the 359-acre farm in 2010 and is now purchasing a conservation easement on an additional 132 acres. Owned and worked by the same family for almost 150 years, Wike Brothers Farm is one of Sharon’s oldest and largest family farms. A former dairy, the farm has evolved into a diversified operation raising free range chickens, pigs, and cattle. The farm fills a key gap in a 2,000+ acre block of protected land. Preservation of Wike Brothers Farm is funded by a grant from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Open Space Grant Program, the Sharon Land Trust, and CFT’s Acquisition Fund. Connecticut Farmland Trust • Fall 2012

A view of the barns and cattle at Wike. (Photos courtesy of Patrick Lee)


Farm Bill and Conservation

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New England has different needs from other regions of the country when it comes to farming and a great deal of credit for defending our work must go to delegates from the six states who sit on the Agriculture Committee. Joe Courtney (CT), Chellie Pingree (ME), and Peter Welch (VT) worked well together to make sure FRPP survived committee negotiations with only slight reductions. This win-by-not-losing (too much) success has never made it to the floor of the House for a vote. Although the Senate has approved a very similar version, House leadership declined to bring the legislation to the floor – according to Speaker John Boehner (R- OH) there were not enough votes for passage. Both Boehner and House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-NY) have indicated that the Farm Bill may come up before the “lame duck” session of Congress. The compromise legislation represents what most in the farmland protection community feel is a very favorable outcome under the circumstances. If the Bill isn’t brought to a vote during the lame duck session, it will likely be scrapped by the new Congress. New negotiations will be both unpredictable and urgent. There are many other important programs folded Photo courtesy of Patrick Lee into the Farm Bill. It remains far from perfect yet far preferable to the “hammer clause” it contains. When the Farm Bill expired on October 1st, national agriculture policy automatically reverted to two old bills: one passed in 1938 and another passed in 1949. While most of those changes won’t be felt by farmers until the spring, they represent drastic policy swings reminiscent of the Dust Bowl from which they were born: mandatory supply management, government quotas, and Federal control of production. Connecticut dairy farmers were among the first to feel the impact, as the mandated cost of milk is currently lower than the cost of creating it and the subsidies that keep some dairies in business expired in October. That predicament could whiplash painfully on January 1st, as mid-century price calculations forced by the new/old law will drive the market price of milk dramatically up. Representatives Bruce Braley (D-IA), Rick Berg (R-ND), Chris Gibson (R-NY), and Peter Welch (D-VT) are mounting a discharge petition campaign to force the Farm Bill to a vote. They will need to collect 218 signatures to succeed. This effort has support from such diverse quarters as the American Soybean Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Land Trust Alliance. While no one is completely satisfied with the Bill, having it is immensely better than not having it. If the Farm Bill fails to pass in the lame duck session, both agriculture and farmland preservation could look forward to a bleak 2013. If you want to help, you can: Call your Congressional Representatives and urge them to sign the discharge petition.

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Introducing CFT Board Member, Joshua Welch Joshua Welch, graduated from Williams College in ‘86 and Columbia Business School in ‘90, followed the advice of professor Jim Rogers who said, “You need an industry and a mentor.” He found mentors in Larry & Tom Tisch, covering bank stocks in NY. In 1998 Josh opened Vicuna Advisors with business partner Matt Bruno. The pair have met with great success. Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Josh lives with his wife, Alejandra, and children Emilia (17), Nicolas (15) and Mateo (11) in Stonington, CT. “There aren’t many places between New York and Boston where you can farm close to the ocean. I first saw Stonington when I was doing a boat delivery for someone while in college. In 2002, we bought a one-hundred fifty acre defunct dairy farm here.”

“Stupidly, I thought, ‘how hard can this be?’”

What brought him to agriculture: ‘Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!’ My first exposure to agriculture was splitting wood with my grandfather. I’m from New England and have always believed in making the most of our natural resources “Our place was a typical small-scale New England dairy which simply couldn’t compete with larger grain-fed dairy operations. We have 40-50 acres of pastures, the key ingredient for successful agriculture in New England. Stupidly, I thought, ‘how hard can this be?’ “Beginning with four animals in 2008, we now have one of the largest herds of Australian lowline Angus beef cattle in New England. This breed does exceptionally well on grass, their smaller size makes them simple to handle, and they calve easily. Our 100% grass-fed beef product is of an exceptionally high quality. In my mind sustainable agriculture = profitable agriculture; if it doesn’t turn a profit, it’s probably not sustainable. The challenge is to figure out the best use of our natural resources so that a return can be earned on a given amount of investment.” On how he heard about CFT: “Susan Lockwood, a fellow board member, brought me to CFT. In my experience, organizations that are focused perform better than those whose attention is scattered, and CFT is focused. CFT’s accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission is important. We are here to stay and perpetuity is a long time...particularly at the end! CFT’s focus on conserving working farmland in Connecticut is unique, important and is probably the most efficient use of precious conservation dollars.” Favorite CT food: “My favorite CT grown item is a burger from one of our steers. My wife is Peruvian, and I believe that the best food in the world is found in Peru; my favorite fruit is the avocado and favorite vegetable is whatever comes from our garden.” Connecticut Farmland Trust • Fall 2012


It’s Official: CFT Earns Land Trust Alliance Accreditation

Larry Kueter, Esq., LTAC Commissioner; Nick Moore; James Gooch; and Tammara Van Ryn, Executive Director of LTAC.

You’ve heard us talk about this before – well, this time it’s for real. Just before the Celebration, CFT received official notice that it has been Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. In early October, Nick Moore accepted that certification in a ceremony at the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Salt Lake City. This third-party audit of our standards and practices is perpetual insurance: we’re doing things right so that we can do them forever. It’s a tangible indication to you that we’re on the right track. CFT is one of only 6 accredited Land Trust’s in CT, and one of just 181 nationwide. “Accreditation is important because it stamps us as being conservation leaders and quality conservation partners,” Nick told us. “It makes us part of the solution instead of the problem, with a nod to the IRS. It keeps us firmly in the peer loop as far as seeing pitfalls, problems, and solutions sooner rather than later.” To mark this achievement, you’ll start seeing the “Accredited Seal” on our materials and website. But the work is ongoing – every five years our operation will be audited again. Our promise to you is that we’ll always make the grade. For more information about Accreditation, please visit the Land Trust Accreditation Commission at


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Making Cheese at Cato Corner Farm Cato Corner Farm is a 75-acre national award winning dairy farm run by Liz MacAlister and her son Mark Gillman. They have been producing artistinal raw milk cheeses from their herd of Jersey cows since 1997. Liz sold a conservation easement on 31.5 acres of the farm’s pasture and grassland to the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 2006 in the first phase of Cato Corner Farm’s preservation. In 2008, the Connecticut Farmland Trust helped Liz and Mark complete the second and final phase of preserving Cato Corner Farm. Liz donated a conservation easement on her 75-acre farm which includes extensive pasture and woodlands, a farmstead, and a farm store, By protecting the entire farm, including the pasture and grassland already preserved by NRCS, CFT ensures that the farm’s land and agricultural infrastructure, which are both critical to the operation’s sustainability, cannot be split apart.

Volunteer photographer, Patrick Lee, visited two of our farms this summer and produced lovely images. Both sets of photos will be made into a photo essay, available soon.

You can find more of Patrick’s work on his Facebook page:

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Twelfth Annual Celebration of Connecticut Farms Saturday, a fierce storm ripped through Connecticut. A tornado was spotted in Waterbury and rain sheeted down and wind ripped at the trees. But by noon on Sunday, September 9, the pastures at Ashlawn farm had dried under a bluebird sky and crisp, clear air crackled with the energy of nearly 700 people -- chefs, farmers, volunteers, and guests. Winding up Bill Hill Road from the south, arrivals were treated to a beaming vista of New England farm beauty. Fields framed by stone walls recalled the long agricultural history of Lyme, a fieldstone setting for jewel-white Celebration tents. The Celebration of Connecticut Farms is nothing if not a spectacle of taste, music, and festivity. Joining us this year were 26 chefs and their staff (including 3 food trucks), 51 farms with samples of food raw and refined, 9 wineries, 2 breweries, 1 fine spirit maker, 1 moonshiner, and 3 cheese-makers, as well as other vendors including bakers, local milk and juice providers – all from Connecticut, all dedicated to producing the best food from local farms. Thanks to the masterful organization of John Turrene of Sustainable Food Systems, fresh local food of all kinds arrived on-the-day from all corners of our state and was turned by the chefs into a dizzying and satisfying array of incredible cuisine. The Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and the band “Bone Dry” delivered fine art and fun music throughout the day. Honorary Chairperson Faith Middleton of CT Public Radio deftly MC’d a brief slate of speakers, including surprise guest Steve Photos of the Celebration courtesy of John Columbus Liesman of CNBC’s Sqwak Box. Steve spoke movingly about the unquantifiable rightness of investments in our past and future and the undeniable visceral connection we feel to the land that feeds us. We were lucky to have him speak. Steve was in town visiting his friend and our host, Chip Dalhke. Chip’s family had the foresight to protect Ashlawn in the 70s. Becoming the steward and caretaker of his landscape has worked personal good in himself, said Chip. Everything he gives to his farmland is returned to him tenfold. That message is the essence of our work. As they say at Jones Family Farm, “Be good to the land and the land will be good to you.” To everyone who participated in the day’s event – attendees, chefs, organizers, and especially volunteers – we thank you.

Thank You! Many people work tirelessly to make the Celebration of Connecticut Farms so successful. We would like to give special recognition to the following for their generous gifts of time, resources, and talent for the 2012 Celebration and for their work over the past 12 years. • Boy Scouts of America, Troop 4, Wallingford • Bone Dry • Christine Ciccone, Graphic Design • Tim Cipriano, The Local Food Dude • John Columbus • Connecticut Farm Bureau • Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association • Connecticut Farmland Trust Board Members • Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society


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Crystal Rock Bottled Water Eastern Bag and Paper Edible Nutmeg Eric Forstmann Freshpoint CT Hartford Fine Arts & Framing Jane Hoben Bob Heffernan & Allen Zeiner Chip & Carol Dahlke Jordan Caterers Linda Halligan, Lebon Press Faith Middleton

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Chris Prosperi John Turenne WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio Nunzio Corsini & Chris Bourne Jennifer Weymouth Participating chefs, farmers, and other producers Scotts’ Yankee Farmer LLC Jansky Rubbish Removal Co. Our generous sponsors Everyone who volunteered their time to make the day a success

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Contributors The Connecticut Farmland Trust gratefully acknowledges the following individuals and organizations for their financial support of our work to preserve farmland, and for contributions to the Farmland Acquisition Fund. Thank you one and all.

Farmland Preservation Fund Donors 2005-20012 Heritage Circle

The 1772 Foundation Bafflin Foundation Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund Peter & Diana Cooper Anthony & Elizabeth Enders A donor advised fund of the Fairfield County Community Foundation Hermann Family Charitable Foundation Nicholas & Leslie Moore

Founders’ Circle

Mrs. Mary K. Ackerman Anchorage Charitable Fund Big Think LLC Jeanne & Jack Blum Scott & Roxanne Bok Deborah & Christopher Buck Daniel & Kathleen Cain Robin Chesmer Christopher & Annette Clow Connecticut Experiment Station Associates, Inc. Margaret Cooley Frank K. & Evelyn A. Cunningham Mrs. Joan H. Dash Mr. & Mrs. Oscar de la Renta Jane & Henry Eckert Dr. Michael A. Fotos, III & Claudia Lindsey Gordon F. Gibson Lionel Goldfrank , III Agnes Gund & Daniel Shapiro

Alida W. Hare Maureen & John Jerome Richard & Carol Kalikow Katherine Kane, DVM Elaine LaRoche Diana & Barry Levinson Priscilla Hart Mauro Mrs. Field Cooper McIntyre Jim & Pam Miller Paul & Diane Miller Helena Petracek Mrs. Carolyne Roehm Nancy & Norman Rogers Elsie Scaglia Meryl Streep Vanderbilt Family Foundation Wapping Grange #30 George & Cynthia Willauer

Stewards’ Circle

Nicholas & Kathryn Barone Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council Mrs. Anne Bingham Bernadette & Tim Brady Barbara O. David Ed Cady and Sons Builders Susan & John Franzis Gregory E. Gardiner & Paula Brown William & Adelaide Harris Mary Ann & Jack Hollihan Roy F. Jeffrey & Marilyn Altobello Mrs. Ruth Lord Mrs. Field Cooper McIntyre Josie Merck & Jim Stevenson Deborah & David Moore

Elisabeth S. Moore Northwest Community Bank David & Cristin Rich Margaret Saxe Anthony Schnelling Barry & Helena Schuman Tim & Linda Slate Mrs. Elizabeth W. Smith Peter J. & Susan Sposito Ellen I. Sykes Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Yates Alice & Robert Yoakum

Conservation Circle

Barbara Wiley Bacon Bantam Bread Company Mary Lou Beckwith Pierre & Sandra Belisle Judith Belzer & Michael Pollan John & Christine Bendoraitis Dr. & Mrs. Michael G. Betten Mr. & Mrs. Alton A. Blodgett John G. Borden Bert & Rachael Bosse John & Lavinia Breakell Arthur & Lynda Breault Patti & Richard Broad Elizabeth J. Broucek Suzanne & Templeton Brown Nancy H. & David Bull John & Tina Carmody John R. & Kristina S. Chandler David & Dorothy Chesmer Philip Chester & Emily Marble Francis J. Chiaramonte Roland & Judy Chirico Clarissa D. Coffin Thomas Crider

Susan DeSilver Mrs. Francesca J. DiGiorgi Daniel A. Digiulio Dr. Charles Wm. Dimmick Bill & Suzanne Duesing Princee & Bob Falkenhagen Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Fitzgerald Julie S. Flagg Nancy Fugedi Jean & Bob Gagnon Shirley Galka Catherine Giulian Ronald & Carol Goldstein Leslie & George Grant Mrs. Muriel Grayson Great Meadows Conservation Trust Robert & Beverly Gregory Marion Griswold Mr. & Mrs. John C. Haller Philip & Pamela Handfield Linda Heatherly David Hevner & Lisa Chesmer Aimee Hoben & Michael Ryan James & Lori Jahoda Mary Kablik Diane & Michael Karabin Alan & Alicia Lamb Marc Lang Jed & Janet Larson Sal & Mary Ann Lomonaco Ecton & Betsy Manning Oliver Manning Jiff Martin Andrew May Jennifer McTiernan H. John Millington Inga-Britta Mills

Bill & Shirlee Neil Scott & Susan Nichols Mrs. Robert P. Noble Nu Way Tobacco Company Over The Hill Farm Mr. & Mrs. Henry B. Pennell Laura Petix Betsy Petrie Eric & Gretchen Pohlman David & Sheryl Postemski Hector & Erica Prud’homme Emilie M. Pryor Steven & Meg Rackliffe Raynard & Peirce Inc. Robert A Reed Dennis J. Rich Steve Rickenbacher & Family Veronica & Gary Rose Alexander & Edith Rotival Dorothy Schaeffer Robert & Jean Scialabba Keith & Joanne Sczurek Susan & Stephen Seiler Ronald & Katherine Simmons Tim & Beth Skaats William H. Smith Matthew M. Staebner Rabbi Peter Stein Arthur W. Sweeton David & Lea Sylvestro Janna Waite Elizabeth Wheeler & Carlos Niederhauser Richard T. Wright Thank you to our many anonymous donors.

Annual Supporters The 1772 Foundation Barbara and Jim Abraham Mary M. Ackerly Francis Adams Hugh Leander Adams, Mary Trumbull Adams and Hugh Trumbull Adams Town Memorial Fund Dawn C. & Joseph M. Adiletta Aetna Foundation, Inc. Africa Direct, Inc. Myles & Nancy Alderman Paul & Tina Allaire Amica Companies Foundation Jefferey Andersen Doug Anderson Nancy L. Anderson Mrs. Audrey H. Antonich The Apple Place, Lakeview Orchards Ascendant Compliance Management Aspaeris, Samara Innovation Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel V. Atwood Susan & Sam Averill/Averill Farm Sherill Baldwin & Kimball Cartwright Dr. & Mrs. Robert D. Ballard Bank of America Matching Gifts Amy Bannon Barclay Investments, Inc. David Barlow Austin D. Barney, II The Barnwood Foundation Nicholas & Kathryn Barone Denise & Mike Baum Matthew A. Baxter Christy & Dan Beardsley Margaret Woodhouse Becker/ Falcon Farm Stewart Beckett, III/Beckett Farms, LLC Stephanie Begen David A. Behnke & Paul F. Doherty William Benedict, Inc, d/b/a Benedict’s Home & Garden

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Jim Bennett Samuel & Lois Bergami, Jr. Peter & Arlene Bergan Jonathan & Amy Bernon Don Berry Nicole Berube Bethlehem Grange #121 Dr. & Mrs. Michael G. Betten Claire Biesty David & Annie Bingham Barbara & Albert Bishop Barbara & Stephen Bishop Alton & Jill Blodgett Jeanne & Jack Blum Parker Boal & Sandy Mirabile Carol & Andy Boas Michele Bogdan Scott & Roxanne Bok Susan & John Boland Boxcar Cantina/Nancy Roper Cheryl & Hadi Bozorgmanesh Mary Brainard Arthur & Lynda Breault

Mr. & Mrs. Craig Brenard Philip E. Brencher, Jr. Pamela Brewster Suzanne & Templeton Brown The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation Mr. Christopher Buck Nancy H. & David Bull Bruce & Sue Burchsted Mrs. Louise N. Burr Mr. & Mrs. W. Murray Buttner Cahill Swift, LLC/George Gilpatrick Judge & Mrs.Guido Calabresi Mark & Barbara Campbell Eric Campion Mica Cardozo Mrs. Peggy Carlson Cynthia Carr William Carson Matt Caruso Kevin Case/Land Trust Alliance Celebrating Agriculture

Joseph H. & Mary M. Chadbourne Paul & Julie North Chelminski Dr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Cherry, Jr. Cherry Brook Garden Club Cheshire Grange #23, P of H Robin Chesmer/Graywall Farms Philip Chester Mary & Craig Cheyne Frank Chiaramonte James & Hannah Childs Barbara Christensen Dr. Elena Citkowitz Mr. & Mrs. Herbert T. Clark, III Judith Clayton & Eli Rascati Christopher & Annette Clow Lori L. Cochran Richard & Ann Cohen Katchen Coley Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut Alice F. Fitzpatrick


Annual Supporters Connecticut Green Industries Council Connecticut Horticultural Society Sharon Y. Cook Margaret Cooley Peter & Diana Cooper Eugenie Copp Carol & Alan Corron Larry & Dana Covell George W. Coxeter Thomas Crider Doug Cullen & Eva Pao Jane Curtin & Patrick Lynch Alexandra Daitch Mrs. Joan H. Dash Barbara O. David Sarah B. Davidson Lea Davies Clo Davis Tim & Jane Davis Dr. Peter DeBell Marydale DeBor Arthur & Wynne Delmhorst/ Stone Acres Farm Anne Delo & Rosemary Giuliano Jean & David Demchak Christine DeRose Susan DeSilver Diebold Foundation, Inc. Daniel A. Digiulio Dr. Charles Wm. Dimmick Shirley Dion & Jerry Clupper Joseph J. Dippel & Mary Goodhouse Double D Living History Farm Inc. Arthur Bruce Dougherty, DDS/ Connecticut Dental Group, P.C. Wendy & Scott Douglas David & Deborah Dressler David M. Drumm Edwin A. Dudley Wanda & Alex Dupuy Robert Dziema East Central Pomona Grange #3 Mary & Malcolm Edgar Kathy Eldergill & Bruce S. Beck Anthony & Elizabeth Enders Caryn Erickson Excelsior Pomona Grange, No. 7 Fairfield County Community Foundation, a donor advised fund Fairfield County Pomona, No. 9 Edith Fairgrieve Princee & Bob Falkenhagen Farm Credit East The Farmer’s Cow Mary E. Farwell, M.D. Dr. & Mrs. Michael Feinberg Mrs. Manuel Fernandez Peter & Patricia Findlay/ Hamlet Hill Farm Jesse & Betsy Fink George F. Finlayson Mabel Burchard Fischer Grant Foundation Robert Fish


Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Fitzgerald, III/Greyledge Farm Joy & Roger Floyd Fumiko Ishikawa Foos Lauren & Jim Foote Margaret L. Ford Dr. Michael A. Fotos, III & Claudia F. Lindsey Mrs. Patricia Fowler Linda P. & Jacque G. Francois Susan & John Franzis Dr. David K. Freeman Gail Freeman David & Merrill French Jodi & Ron French Benjamin Freund/Freund’s Farm Mr. & Mrs. John E. Friday, Jr. Rob Fried Lisa & Ed Friedland Judi Friedman Shira Friedman Friedman Properties, LLC Suzanne Frisch Rebecca Furer Roger & Barbara Furtak James & Honora Futtner/ Futtner’s Family Farm James Gage Frederick B. Gahagan, Esq. Shirley Galka A. Denny Gardiner Brad & Eugenie Gentry Toddie & Chris Getman Ruth K. Getsinger Gordon F. Gibson Giff’s Original LLC/Marie Hirschfeld Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens Inc. Brian & Sherri Gill Elisabeth Childs Gill Catherine Giulian Louis Glanz Glastonbury Grange #26 Maxine Goldsmith Kristie Gonsalves Mrs. Linda Goodwin Chelsea Gorczyca/The Belwether Group, LLC Terry Grady Cate Grady-Benson Tarn Granucci Mr. & Mrs. William C. Graustein Gina Gray Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Inc. Alva Greenberg Kim & Jeff Greenberg Stewart. & Constance Greenfield Beverly Gregory Kathie & George Gregson Evan Griswold & Emily Fisher Ann Gruenberg Stephen Gudernatch Ann Guerrera & William Champagne Alexander S. Guida, III Guida’s Milk


Roy N. Guile Margo Lynn Hablutzel/These Colors Never Run Sara & David Hadden Ken & Lisa Hageman Lois B. Hager The Hotchkiss School Marcia & Robert Hall Jim & Julia Hallene Jack & Kathy Haller Jeffrey & Arline Hallisey Nusie Halpine Jessica Halprin Philip E. Handfield Scott A. Hanley Hildegarde & Hunter Hannum Harney & Sons Fine Tea Glen A. Harris, Jr. Dudley & E. Vicky Harrison David K. Hartford Ruth Harwood Monika & Christoph Haugstetter John Hauser Nancy Haviland Dr. & Mrs. Harvey W. Hayden Tom & Polly Hayden Linda Geer Heatherly Paul F. Helenski Janet A. Heller Anne & Charles Hepner Hermann Family Charitable Foundation John & Bernice Hibbard Mary Hietala David & Tracy Hill Deborah Hill William Hill/Warrup’s Farm Mr. & Mrs. Jon T. Hirschoff Marie Annette Hise Aimee Hoben & Michael Ryan Jane & John Hoben Holbrook FarmMarket & Bakery/John & Lynn Holbrook Shepherd M. Holcombe Lisa Holmes Christopher Holshouser Hamilton & Katherine Holt Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Horwitz George & Elizabeth Host/ Alexander Host Foundation Linda Houser Patricia A. Hubbard Marianne & Bob Hubert Mary E. Hughes The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation Pat Allen Iadarola IBM Corporation/Matching Grants Program Roberta Isleib & John F. Brady Amy & David Jaffe Sarah Jansen Don & Sue Joffray Ann & Michael Johnson Diana & John Johnson J. Arthur Johnson & Ellen Rittman Kenneth Johnson

Stephanie & Eliot Johnson/Far Fields Farm Jonathan Edwards Winery Jones Family Farms Llyn & Jeffrey Kaimowitz Richard & Carol Kalikow Harold Kamins Neil & Greta Kane Sharon Hogan & Maxine Hogan Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Kantor Diane & Michael Karabin A. Kardestuncer Donald & Susan Katz T. J. Kehoe Sally & Carl Keil Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Keiter Gordon H. Kellogg John King Ed & Mary Kirby Dr. Karl & Rev. Wendy Sue Kissa Lyle & Ellen Kloke Mrs. Doris F. Knight Kip Kolesinskas & Lesley Schurmann Jerry & Sandy Kraft Lisa Krall Alexa Krasnickas Peter Kreckovic John J. Kriz & Angela Jameson Joan Krochmal C. Kukucka & Family Jeanne Kuslis Susan & Henry Kustosz Land Trust Alliance Marc Lang Terry Langevin & Douglas Muth Peter & Carolyn Laskas Sharon Lauer & Jerome Joseph Jim Laurino Marta Jo Lawrence Joanne Lawson & James King Molly S. Le Van David K. Leff Patricia M. Leger John Leonard Ralph & Leslie Lewis Carol LeWitt & Bruce R. Josephy Roger & Fa Liddell Everett L. Lister Susan E. Lockwood Lombard Odier & Cie Henry D. Lord Pauline Lord & David Harlow Kathryn Lord Richard The Lorinsky/Depolito Family Yolanda Lowell Mr. Tushar Ghuwalewala Dorothy Luckraft Jon Lukomnik The Lyman Farm, Inc. John D. Lynch Kevin & Denise Lynch George Macaruso Sandra MacGregor William & Martha MacLaren/ Tyrone Farm Nancy Macy & Robert L.

Painter Mr. & Mrs. Lance Magnuson Michele & Martin Maloney Manchester Grange #31 Ecton & Betsy Manning Jeanne Rovaldi Manning Christopher Mansfield Mapleleaf Farm, Inc./Ned & Renee Ellis Barrett Marlan Renee Marsh Charlie & Elaine Marshall Priscilla & Bob Marshall William F. & Nancy A. Marston Carol Martin Sandra & Bruce Mason MassMutual Matching Gift Center Martin Masters Stephen J. Mayer James McCandless Mr. & Mrs. Franklin W. McCann John & Jean McClellan Mrs. Jo Anne W. McClurg Ellen & Ed McDonald Phyllis M. McDowell James P. McEwan & Sandra K. Boynton James McHutchison Mrs. Field Cooper McIntyre C. Ian McLachlan & Cynthia Swienton Fillmore & Joan McPherson Josie Merck & Jim Stevenson Michele Mergy Meriden Grange #29 Susan Merrill & Tom Faneuff Thomas & Svea Meyer Dick & Joan Mihm Mrs. Ann P. Mikulak Jim & Pam Miller Mary Anne Miller & Stanley Baker Dr. William Miller Inga-Britta Mills Paula & Douglas Modeen Carolyn Monaco Joanne Monaco Paul & Desley Monaco Tony & Shirley Mongillo Deborah & David Moore Elisabeth S. Moore Nicholas & Leslie Moore Pamela Moore & Dave Morse Kathleen Morency John & Joan Morosani/Laurel Ridge Farm Reto W. Morosani Mary Lee Morrison & William Upholt Eric R. Morrow Pat & Rusty Murawski Shirley Murtha Murtha Cullina LLP Bill & Shirlee Neil Dennis Neumann & Mlada Bukowansky Jeffrey Neville John & Nancy Newton Joan B. Nichols

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Annual Supporters Diane A. Norman Northfordy Farm/Peter Rothenberg NRG Energy, Inc. Thomas O’Brien John & Sara D. O’Connell Maria & Armineh Ohanian Todd O’Keefe Sharon O’Meara David Opal Dr. Alison Orr-Andrawes Deborah Oswalt Phyllis S. and David C. Oxman Mr. & Mrs. A. Wright Palmer Jill Papanek Lindsay & Jeffrey Paul Patricia Pearsall George A. Pelletier, Jr. Kathie Pelliccio/Kathie’s Kitchen Mr. & Mrs. Henry B. Pennell, III Mr. & Mrs. John Perotti Lori & Larry Perrault Pfizer Foundation/Matching Gift Program Victoria R. & Peter S. Philip Julia & David Pickett Mrs. Lore Pierce Anne B. Pierson, M.D. Dawn & Tim Pindell Mr. & Mrs. Willard F. Pinney, Jr. Jack K. & Lynn M. Plummer David H. Pond Lawrence V. Power Michael & Susan Prior John & Lee Pritchard Hector & Erica Prud’homme Emilie & Joe Pryor Putnam Lodge No. 46 Jocille & Taylor Quick Quinebaug Pomona Grange, No. 2 Rosina Rand Robert A. Reed Robert & Susan Reiter Steven & Jillian Reviczky Dennis J. Rich Katharine Richardson Drs. Timothy J. & Louise E. Rickard Annemarie Riemer Joe Rinaldi Mark Riser River Tavern/Dinners at the Farm/Jonathan Rapp Riverbank Farm LLC/Laura McKinney & David Blyn Barbara L. Robert Mr. & Mrs. Clarence L. Roberts, Jr. James N. Roberts Robert Robillard Barbara Robinson Susan Robinson & Tullio Ferri Toni Robinson Mark Rosvold

Gerri Rowell Dr. & Mrs. Ronald T. Rozett Frances Ashley Rubacha Bill & Harriet Sanborn Chris Sanders Tracy & Joseph Santos Mr. & Mrs. Christopher J. Sawch William B. Sawch Dr. Craig & Pietrina Saxton SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc. Paula & Steve Schimmel Virginia & David Schneider Charles Schoendorf Paul R. Scholl & Georgina Scholl Eric Schott Kay & Bill Schrenk Mr. & Mrs. H. Marshall Schwarz/Quarry Hill Farm Patricia A. Scott Susan Scott Sebastian & Barbara Scripps Thomas Scull Dr. Robert & Elaine Sederquist John A. Setaro Barbara & Peter Setlow Cathy Setterlin Joanna L. Sharon Dan & Lynn Sharp K. C. & Catherine Shea Ann H. Sherwood & Elaine LaBella Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts/Meryl Streep Irv & Nancy Silverman Silverman’s Farm Bruce & Pam Simonds Mr. & Mrs. Ellery W. Sinclair Gary & Susie Singer Joseph J. Sinicrope Tim & Linda Slate Frank & Brenda Smartz George & Patricia Smith Tim & Sue Smith Virginia Smith William H. Smith Snow’s Farm LLC/Irv Snow Jon & Cleo Sonneborn Peter J. & Susan Sposito Matthew M. Staebner State Auto Insurance Companies Maura & Thomas Stavovy Suzanne Ste Therese & George Wolfe Robert K. Steel Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Charles Steffens, Jr. James L. Stengel Hillary Stern Sandra & Bruce Stern Frank L. Stewart Nouchine & Jim Stidham & Family Edward F. Stodolink Patricia Storace John & Mary Louise Stover


Mr. & Mrs. Bruce W. Sullivan Sustainable Food Systems, LLC Taghhannuck Grange #100 Henry N. Talmage The Thompson Family Foundation, Inc Thread Rolling Inc. Ed Tollmann Travelers Community Connections Lyn D. Traverse Trillium Garden Club Molly Lazear Turner Paul H. Turnrose Two Hands Knitting Peter & Susan Twombly U. S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Mgmt UNFI United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut Cristin & Brian Vahey Richard P. Van Etten Vanderbilt Family Foundation Chris Vargas Sally Vaun Cathy L. Velenchik Vernon Grange #52 P of H The Viagrande Family Michael Vogel Steven & Catherine Vollweiler W. L. Benjamin, Inc./Walter L. Benjamin Mr. & Mrs. Ed Wainwright Bill Walker Wallingford Grange #33, Inc. Bruce & Kathy Wandelmaier Dennis & Lorraine Waslenchuk Watertown Grange #122 Christopher J. Watts/Precision Marketing LLC Michael J. Watts Lynn & Donna Weaver Robert Wechsler & Emily Aber Dean & Mrs. Gregory Weidemann Bob Weight Phyllis & Richard Weisberg Ellen & Woodie Weiss Jim & Nancy Weiss Joshua G. Welch Claire Werner & Justus O’Brien Gretchen Wessels Robyn Westerkamp Don & Vicky Wetherell Carol Brotman White P. L. Whitehill Richard A. Whitehouse Whole Foods Market - Milford Betty A. Wiesner Rev. Cynthia C. Willauer Benjamin D. Williams Evelyn A. Williams Frederick & Marcia Williams Judy Wilson & Richard Schenk Mrs. Marjorie P. Wilson

Della & Roger M. Winans Winchester Grange #74 Dorinda & Mark Winkelman/ Spia Foundation Gwynne Wittmann Timothy Wolf & Linda Pagani Woodstock Academy David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund/ Watertown Committee Heidi Worcester Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Yates Alice & Robert Yoakum Patricia Yost Karen & Mike Young Sharyn Zembruski William J. Zenko Julie and Townsend Ziebold Dr. Marvin P. Zimmerman Owen Zimmerman & Celeste A. Wells Linda & Howard Zonana F. Anthony & Sally Avea Zunino In Honor of Anne Elsie Lorinsky The Loinsky/Depolito Family In Honor of the birth of great grandson, Emmett Jay Wickham-Holmes Gordon F. Gibson In Honor of Thomas A. White for his Birthday Carol Brotman White In Honor of Willian and Jean Graustein Phyllis S. & David C. Oxman In Honor of Anne Marie Christensen Barbara Christensen In Honor of Jack & Jeanne Blum Sara & David Hadden In Honor of Jim & Libby Parda on their 60th Birthday Carol & Alan Corron In Honor of Kaitlin Miller Aspaeris, Samara Innovations In Honor of Leslie & Nick Moore Julie & Townsend Ziebold

In Memory of William Laramie and In Memory of Mimi & Edwin Hack Marydale DeBor In Memory of Charles D. Anderson, Jr. Nancy L. Anderson

In Memory of Michael R. Lebejko, Sr. Africa Direct, Inc. Larry & Dana Covell Tim & Jane Davis The Denver Athletic Club Christine DeRose Friedman Properties, LLC Roger & Barbara Furtak Marianne & Bob Hubert C. Kukucka & Family Lori & Larry Perrault Jocille & Taylor Quick Bob Weight Patricia Yost

In Memory of Edith and Sandy Rotival Dawn C. & Joseph M. Adiletta Mr. & Mrs. Daniel V. Atwood Michele Bogdan Mr. & Mrs. W. Murray Buttner Celebrating Agriculture Joseph H. & Mary M. Chadbourne Mary & Craig Cheyne George F. Finlayson Tom & Polly Hayden John & Bernice Hibbard Hamilton & Katherine Holt Neil & Greta Kane A. Kardestuncer Jerry & Sandy Kraft Lombard Odier & Cie Maria & Armineh Ohanian Lindsay & Jeffrey Paul Dawn & Tim Pindell Putnam Lodge No. 46 Katharine Richardson Sebastian & Barbara Scripps Nouchine & Jim Stidham & Family Benjamin D. Williams Woodstock Academy

In Memory of Harold and Amelia Brady Kevin & Denise Lynch

Donors as of October 19, 2012. The Connecticut Farmland Trust apologizes for any errors or omissions. Connecticut Farmland Trust • Fall 2012


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